Forces for Good Food: Whatcom Community Foundation

Forces for Good Food: Whatcom Community Foundation

Large food system changes need innovative thinkers, like the Whatcom Community Foundation in Washington State, that galvanizes the larger community to build a viable local food system that feeds people and sustains the land. Their vision is to develop a local food campus that will engage every stakeholder and sector of the local food system. […]

Case Study: Oneida Food Innovation Center

Case Study: Oneida Food Innovation Center

The Oneida Nation is a federally recognized tribe of Oneida people, with a reservation located on 65,000 acres near Green Bay, Wisconsin. The tribe works to offer programs, services, and resources that enable the community to carry on with the strength and determination of its ancestors. The Oneida Community Integrated Food Systems group works on […]

8 Ideas from 2019 Worth Sharing

8 Ideas from 2019 Worth Sharing

As many of you know, we publish a monthly Good Food Brief with the big and small stories that chronicle trends in the food industry. Sometimes we come across programs that we wish had news coverage so that we could share them with you. Programs that serve often excluded communities, that deploy capital to build […]

Opportunity Zones:  An Emerging but Proven Investment Vehicle for Food System Development

Opportunity Zones:  An Emerging but Proven Investment Vehicle for Food System Development

At New Venture Advisors we partner with our clients to help them plan and implement important food systems initiatives that provide significant and meaningful outcomes to the communities they serve. These projects sometimes require creative, small-scale approaches to increasing access to fresh, healthy and nutritious food—often by organizing existing assets and resources within the community […]

Lessons from a Food System Plan: “Our County Did a Lot Right”

Lessons from a Food System Plan: “Our County Did a Lot Right”

Food System Planning:  What is it? Why do it? Cities and counties across the U.S. create Master Plans or Comprehensive Plans to lay out their community’s vision for land use, economic development, transportation, health, and other dimensions of civic life. These plans are regularly updated to reflect the changing community context. Mobile markets, urban agriculture, […]

Hemp in America: Making Sense of the 2018 Farm Bill

Hemp in America: Making Sense of the 2018 Farm Bill

The 2018 Farm Bill brought hemp to the forefront of conversations across the US agricultural industry and among consumers in general as it broadly legalized hemp after nearly five decades of the crop being banned. While farmers, businesses, investors, and consumers generate excitement about this newly legalized industry, many are concerned about the exact details […]

For Health and Harvest: Rebuilding Native Food Systems

For Health and Harvest: Rebuilding Native Food Systems

New Venture Advisors helps strengthen businesses that are a part of the good food supply chain. On our blog we’ve written about how traditional supply chain economics does not account for unprofitable externalities like the quality of life, soil health, trusting relationships, and community empowerment. In our recent work with two Indigenous communities we’re now […]